Crime

July 29, 2014

Rock Hill man charged with arson

A Rock Hill man has been charged with arson after investigators say he intentionally set fire to an outbuilding on his property last week.

A Rock Hill man has been charged with arson after investigators say he intentionally set fire to an outbuilding on his property last week.

On July 21, crews with the Lesslie Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a burning outbuilding on Passmore Road on the Catawba Indian Reservation, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. Fire authorities confronted the property owner, identified as Tony Alan Bouler Jr., 34, who told them he could do what he wanted on his property. He later said something must have spilled and caused the fire.

Deputies responded and found Bouler walking down a road with a shovel, the report states. After Bouler refused to drop his shovel, a deputy pulled out his Taser. Bouler complied. His stepfather told deputies he saw Bouler pour something on the couch in the outbuilding. When he walked over to see what his stepson was doing, he saw a fire “climbing the wall and Tony just standing there.”

Deputies on Monday charged Bouler with third-degree arson. By Tuesday afternoon, he was being held at the York County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.

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